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[smel-ter] /ˈsmɛl tər/
a person or thing that smelts.
a person who owns or works in a place where ores are smelted.
a place where ores are smelted.
Origin of smelter
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see smelt1, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • We're going to have an early dinner, and start at one, so we can go through the smelter, after we come up.

    In Blue Creek Caon Anna Chapin Ray
  • The mine-owner struggled for his profits with the smelter who used his ore.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • An electric in front of the Hot Dog and a big arc-light over the door of the smelter lighted the upturned faces of the multitude.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • The smelter struggled with the steel manufacturer in the same way.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • G—At the one furnace stands the smelter carrying a wicker basket full of charcoal.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • "It's way up beyond the smelter," replied Mr. Everett lightly.

    In Blue Creek Caon Anna Chapin Ray
  • Horsfield has been bringing up that smelter project again, and theres something to be said in favour of his views, he remarked.

    The Protector Harold Bindloss
  • The other one at the smelter ran for his horse and leaped on its back.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Billows of smoke roll up from the tall stacks and by night are lit ruddily by the smelter fires all going at a roaring blast.

    The Basket Woman Mary Austin
  • He must, then, send it elsewhere to be smelted, and to do this must sell his ore to the smelter.

    Arizona's Yesterday John H. Cady
British Dictionary definitions for smelter


a person engaged in smelting
Also called smeltery (ˈsmɛltərɪ). an industrial plant in which smelting is carried out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for smelter

mid-15c., agent noun from smelt (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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